About Us

The Summer Fund is a donor collaborative providing a strategic coordinated approach to build, strengthen, and sustain a network of high-quality summer camps and programs for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. We provide resources to ensure that summer program opportunities are accessible to underserved communities in Greater Boston.

We provide operational support grants, capacity building initiatives, and other resources to selected camps and programs that offer quality summer enrichment opportunities. Summer Fund camps provide academic enrichment, social skill development, outdoor recreation, safe supervised settings and healthy meals for underserved youth during summer months.

Our strategic funding approach ensures that resources are targeted to disadvantaged populations, and meet the diverse needs of the rich and vibrant communities we serve.

The Summer Fund provides grants and resources to high-quality summer camps and programs that serve:

  • Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville
  • Underserved, at-risk children and youth ages 6-18, from low to moderate income households
  • All races, ethnic backgrounds, and abilities, including immigrants and refugees, older youth and teens, and children who have physical, emotional, and learning disabilities.

Summer Fund Fact

In 2017, the Summer Fund allocated $980,000 to support over 20,000 disadvantaged and at-risk youth, youth in homeless shelters, and those facing housing insecurities to take part in summer camping, access to cultural and arts activities, and job opportunities for the summer.

Our Impact

To say that the HCF program has been central in assisting families in need who would otherwise not have had opportunities in the summer is an understatement. Without this program, many children would simply sit in their rooms at the shelters.

— CAPIC, Chelsea

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We direct resources to high-quality summer camps and programs that serve underserved, at-risk children and youth ages 5-18, from low to moderate income households in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville.